There appeared to be little love from the GLBT community for Prime Minister John Key at today’s Big Gay Out.
John Key’s speech was met with boos and jeers, while Andrew Little received a very positive response from attendees with loud cheers when he took to the stage.
Today has been the first time Andrew Little has attended a Big Gay Out as Labour leader. His message was making sure those in the gay community were treated fairly and equally as well as talking about the importance of the Human Rights Commission. “When you get the opportunity tell your MP and this government that we want a Human Rights Commission that’s going to work, that’s going to be good for your community.” Little was joined on stage by fellow Labour MPs Jacinda Ardern, Louisa Wall, David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson and Carmel Sepuloni.
Meanwhile, John Key’s short speech was loudly booed from start to finish. Key said that “Years ago when I first came here the National Party didn’t get a terribly good reception but guess what? I voted for gay marriage so there you go!”
Earlier in the day, Russel Norman spoke at what would be his last Big Gay Out as Greens co leader, Norman talked about the importance of the day, saying: “It’s great to be at a celebration of freedom and courage because today is a celebration of all the people who have stood up over many, many years over decades to protect their rights.”
Article | Levi Joule.